16 Jun '11, 12pm

A virtual vacation: Stroll the world with this cool new site

A virtual vacation: Stroll the world with this cool new site

Robot Flâneur strolls the streets of Mexico City Photo: Google Street View via Robot Flâneur I went to Johannesburg this morning and walked around a bit. Just taking in the sights. Then I spent a little time in Mexico City. No, of course, I didn't do these things. I was at my desk like a good worker bee (sigh). But thanks to a very cool new site called Robot Flâneur , designed by a fellow in London named James Bridle , I was able to get a glimpse of the street life in these and six other cities, including Tokyo and Berlin. A flâneur , in case you're not familiar with the term, is a person who strolls the streets of a city at a leisurely pace, observing the city's unfolding scenes with a detached yet discerning eye. Poet Charles Baudelaire developed the concept. Critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin put a 20th -century spin on it, writing: The street becomes a dwelling for...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-06-16-a-virtual-vacation...

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